"We are going to our Portuguese homeland!" French Luso-descendants' diasporic Facebook conarrations of vacation return trips to Portugal

Isabelle Simões Marques, Michèle Koven

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Abstract

This article combines the study of online narratives as social practices and the linguistic anthropological study of imagined communities, to examine a set of non-canonical narrative practices in a Facebook group for the Portuguese diaspora in France. Instead of reports of individual members' past experiences, these narratives function as invitations to other group members to co-tell typical, shared experiences. Specifically, we investigate how group members share vacation trips to Portugal with each other in ways that produce a sense of collective and simultaneous experience. They accomplish this through deictically-based narrative strategies that shift the social, spatial, and temporal perspectives of narrating and narrated frames in ways that link the following: individual I's with collective we's, one-time events with timeless event types, and co-presence online with co-presence on vacation. Through these strategies, participants connect Facebook narrations of vacations to the larger social project of diasporic longing for and return to Portugal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-310
Number of pages25
JournalNarrative Inquiry
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

Keywords

  • Deictics
  • Diaspora
  • Facebook
  • France
  • Heritage tourism
  • Imagined community
  • Narrative
  • Nationalism
  • Portuguese descent
  • Roots tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • History
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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